Keeping warm in winter can sometimes feel difficult, especially when you are trying to cut down on energy costs. But ensuring you stay at a comfortable temperature throughout the colder months should always be a priority.
In this article we explain the best ways to make sure your boiler and heating oil tank are ready for the cold winter months, as well as how to stay warm.
Keep your heating at a constant temperature
There is nothing worse than running out of heating oil in your home during the Christmas season. You would be surprised at how much more oil you actually use when the cold weather kicks in. In fact, one of the best ways to keep warm in the winter is to keep your heating at a constant temperature; this burns less oil overall and will help you stay nice and warm.
The NHS advises that for staying well in winter your living room should be between 18-21°C, and the rest of the house should be a minimum of 16°C.
The best option if you cannot keep the heating on all day is to have it come on intermittently in the rooms you use most frequently, such as your living room and bedroom.
Stop any drafts
Another thing that can bring down your home’s temperature is a constant draft throughout your home. One way to stop the heat escaping is to ensure your windows and letterbox are closed and any large external keyholes are covered to prevent any drafts.
It’s also recommended to keep your internal doors closed whilst you have the heating on to keep each room at an optimal temperature.
Warm your bed
Who doesn’t love getting into a cosy bed on a cold evening? One affordable way to warm yourself up in bed is to place a hot water bottle underneath your duvet about half an hour before you plan on getting into bed. Not only will this make your bed warm, but it will also mean you feel much more relaxed for a well-rested night’s sleep.
Spend time in the kitchen
Baking is a prime winter activity between Christmas and New Year. But did you know it can also be a great way to keep warm in the winter?
Using the oven or the hob in the kitchen creates warmth, and while it should never be your primary source of heat, it is a pleasant little boost when it’s cold. If possible, leave your oven door open after you’ve used it (as long as it’s safe – don’t leave an open oven where children or pets could access it) to let all that heat escape!
Check your heating oil tank
It’s also important to check your heating oil tank to ensure it’s in tip-tip cognition for the cold weather. Here are some important steps you should take to make sure your heating oil tank is well-maintained:
- Check your tank for any signs of wear and tear
- Clear the area around the tank
- Ensure your tank is secure
- Prepare your home
- Buy heating oil at the right time
If you would like to find out more about how you can get the most out of your heating oil this winter, read our blog here.